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PIL against Vedanta’s political donation to be clubbed with PIL on AAP foreign funding


OST Bureau
New Delhi, Jan 29 :

The Delhi High Court transferred the PIL seeking a probe against Congress and BJP for illegally receiving funds from the UK-based Vedanta Resources to the bench
which is hearing a similar case with regard to alleged foreign funding of Aam Aadmi Party.

It will now be listed before a bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog on February 5 which will also hear another PIL against AAP’s funding on the same day.

The court had earlier issued notices to the political parties, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Election Commission on the PIL filed by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms and E A S Sarma, a former Secretary of the Government of India.

The PIL is seeking a “court-monitored investigation by either an SIT or the CBI into the violation of foreign funding and other laws by major political parties, corporate groups and PSUs.”

It has alleged that UK-based Vedanta Resources and its subsidiary companies in India, including Sterlite Industries, Sesa Goa and Malco have paid several crores of rupees to major political parties like the Congress and the BJP

The PIL has also mentioned that the UK-based company in its 2012 annual report had admitted that it made political donations amounting to USD 2.01 million through a trust and also directly to political parties before the last general elections.

Incidentally, the beneficiaries include regional parties like the Biju Janata Dal.